After a brief hiatus, ANY_STAGE PRODUCTIONS is now back to work and excited to feature in today’s post Phoenix-based band, Bad Lucy. Another band that has come highly recommended by several friends, Bad Lucy is J. Miller, Alex Kyhn and Alex Lee. These three fine gentlemen have been playing together for almost two years and have already recorded two albums. The first, a self-titled EP under Flying Blanket Recording. The second, called Live at the Farm, is a live recording with an expected release date in early 2013. With a pop-y, rock-y, folk-y sound (yep, those are words) Bad Lucy is easy on the ears and actually, one of those bands whose songs stay in your head all day. And this hasn’t escaped the attention of listeners outside Arizona. Last year, Bad Lucy’s song “Forward” was chosen to be played during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pretty sweet.
With several shows on their horizon and an upcoming album release, you’ve got to keep your eyes (and ears) on these boys. Pun intended. I couldn’t help myself.
Try to listen to Sareena Dominguez without loving her style, talent and the incredible feeling she puts into her performances. Seriously. Try. Sareena is another Phoenix-based musician who came highly recommended by several friends. So of course, I had to track her down, shoot a video with her and share her beautiful voice with you all. I can’t even put her music into a genre. She’s just GOOD. And you’ll have to go see for yourself. Or listen. Sareena just released her first album this year, Moonbeams, under River Jones Music Label and has an official music video. And if her talent wasn’t enough, she brings to the stage her band members and an amazing presence that engages the listener and viewer completely. I strongly urge you to check out her page and go see her live. She plays several shows around town and this is only the beginning for her.
This post is a special one, as Sareena had just written this new song and was more than happy to share it. She also performed an A cappella cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Be sure to watch the second video as well for this special treat. Listen and stay updated here:
***Note on the location. The videos were shot in the live performance and art gallery, Burnt Sky Studio, located in Downtown Phoenix. Burnt Sky promotes the creativity of our local artistic community through paintings, photography, sculpture and live performances. Please stop by during a First Friday and support Phoenix’s creative endeavors and talent. Thank you to Todd and Jennifer Stevenson for generously opening the studio for the shoot.
Janelle Loes. Sweet. Lovely. Talented. What a combination. When we met, I was so impressed with her diverse instrument use and beautiful voice. Janelle is a singer/songwriter from Phoenix who has been playing and singing since she was a child. She was trained on the violin, but also learned how to play guitar, piano and accordion. She first started playing live shows when she was 13. Her first album, Here and Now, came out a year ago. Although Janelle now lives in Flagstaff, you can catch her from time to time playing various shows in Phoenix. She recently performed at Cartel Coffee in Scottsdale. Check out her Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming shows and listen to more of her music.
***Note on the location. Janelle and I were determined to get outside for the shoot, despite the difficulties of outdoor shooting. We headed downtown and found a spot at Civic Space Park. Civic Space Park offers downtown residents and visitors a park with a cool design, local coffee shop-Fair Trade Cafe, four chess tables, seasonal community events and a well-known landmark public sculpture called Her Secret is Patience, by artist Janet Echelman.
Something old and something new. That’s how I’d describe this post. New being that I recently had the very delightful opportunity to meet and get to know Gabe Williams and Chanelle Sinclair, husband and wife duo of the local band, The Bear and the Bird. I can’t begin to tell you how sweet and genuine these two are. Gabe and Chanelle have been playing together for more than a year now and met through a mutual love of music. In fact, on the day of our shoot, they were celebrating their one-year anniversary of being married. Gabe also plays and sings in the Phoenix-based band, Bears of Manitou, and Chanelle is a professional photographer. Talk about talent! But they are as humble as can be, easygoing and kind. You’ll find that their music reflects their, lack for a better word, awesome personalities. Not to mention they are tremendous foodies and enjoy good whiskey. Can you tell I love these two? I encourage you to check them out.
And before I talk about the location – let me mention that I was beside myself that Gabe and Chanelle play a fantastic cover of The Tallest Man on Earth, a shared favorite musician. Even more exciting, Tallest Man will be playing at The Crescent Ballroom on Sept. 1. Hope to see you there! It will be a great show.
***And now for the old – Butter Toast Boutique. I happened upon this vintage shop during a leisurely stroll in the Roosevelt Row area one afternoon. I immediately fell in love with its charm, excellent taste in vintage clothing and drum roll…prices I can afford! Hard to find a good vintage store with all three. I want to say a special thanks to the owners, Traci Nelson and Jasmine Jarrett, for letting us shoot in this location. If you don’t get a chance to check this place out during its normal hours, stop by during a First Friday. And check out their site here.
As promised in my previous post, here’s a little video of Phoenix-based band Russian Arms and Optics. We had a great time shooting on the ice in the middle of summer in Phoenix. In fact, by the time we finished, our hands and feet were frozen. But it was a welcome break. I love this version of “It Was Only A Dream,” but to listen to them play live in their full glory is a completely different experience. And I suggest you check them out. Their sound is indie rock with a mix of dance and pop. They are full of energy and when you’re at a show, so are you.
When I first met the Pattersons (Liz-lead singer, Michael-keys/organ), I was a teenager and I’ve been following their work ever since. It’s been a long, fun ride and I’m excited to see where they’ll go next with Russian Arms and Optics.
Hope you take a listen and look them up!
***A note on the location. We shot the video at Arcadia Ice Arena which is connected to Ice House Tavern, a bar that overlooks the ice. Russian Arms and Optics plays here frequently and considering the name of the band, we thought it only appropriate to shoot in the coldest of conditions in Phoenix.
Here he is folks….Dylan Pratt! One of the things I love about this project, is that I am constantly being introduced to new musicians. After my shoot with Bogan Via, I ran into them at a show and they gave me a glowing recommendation of Dylan Pratt. And they were not exaggerating. I made a point to check him out and loved his style. An Arizona native, Dylan has been playing live since he was a teenager and it shows. During the shoot, I was experimenting with a new mic and unfortunately the sound does not give his voice justice. Please bear with me as I continue my sound experimentations. And in the meantime, go see him live!
I’m so glad I was able to catch Dylan for a few videos, because I have the feeling he won’t be local for too much longer. This summer he went on a west coast tour and is continuing to book more and more shows. So go see him while you can and check back later for more videos of him.
*Note on the location. This video was shot in Songbird Coffee & Tea House, which is located inside MonOrchid in downtown Phoenix. The coffee house owners, Jonathan and Erin Carroll, awesome as they are, were kind enough to let us use their space even before the shop is open. The official opening of Songbird Coffee will happen next week and it is highly anticipated by many. Once open, Songbird will be featuring live music acts, including Dylan. Follow Songbird’s action here: http://songbirdcoffeehouse.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/SongbirdCoffeeHouse
Two videos! What?!?
This post is particularly special for me. For those that know me, you know that Vinyl Station is a band that is very near and dear to me. Not only because of their AMAZING talent, but they’re just great guys to know. After seeing one show, I felt so lucky that this band was local and that I could see them as often as I wanted. I did and still do. Vinyl Station is Matthew Thornton and Brendon Cottrell. They play several times a week at different venues around Phoenix. I strongly encourage you to go see them immediately, check out their website and follow them on Facebook. Do it. Now. And while I still have you, I also want to mention that Vinyl Station will be starting a Kickstarter campaign VERY soon to fund their new album. It’s possible they may have used the same videographer for their Kickstarter video. 🙂 Details will be on their Facebook page….so check it out!
***A note on the location. These videos were shot in Kazimierz World Wine Bar (or Kazbar) in Scottsdale, Arizona. This venue is one of my favorites to see Vinyl Station. It’s a dark, cozy, intimate, classy, speakeasy kind of bar. It doesn’t get much better.http://kazbar.net/